Daily Archives: April 24, 2020

Anaplasmosis Management:  New Label Brings Options for Big Worry

Anaplasmosis Management:  New Label Brings Options for Big Worry

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

A new treatment option, Baytril 100-CA1 Injectable Solution (enrofloxacin), has been granted conditional approval by the FDA for treatment of clinical cases of anaplasmosis in cattle. The product is expected to be available for this use beginning in May.

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Meat vs COVID-19; The good, the bad and the ugly of supply and demand

Meat vs COVID-19; The good, the bad and the ugly of supply and demand

Stan Smith

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

While supply chain issues have caused short term disruptions in some retail meat cases, livestock inventory is more than adequate to meet demand. To suggest that supply in local meat cases has been disrupted since schools closed and ‘stay-at-home’ orders were issued last month might be an understatement.

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Good trades: Industry talks 30 or 50 percent negotiated trade

Good trades: Industry talks 30 or 50 percent negotiated trade

Carrie Stadheim 

Tri State Livestock News

The cattle industry is talking seriously about legislation to require packers to buy a certain amount of their kill via the negotiated cash or “bid and buy” market. Currently, according to different analysts around 20 to 25 percent of the weekly slaughter is purchased via cash trades that involve price negotiation between the cattle seller and buyer. The three major cattle organizations all agree that this amount of cash trade nationwide is not enough to provide accurate price discovery of live (finished) cattle.

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Texas non-profit raffling off herd of cattle worth nearly $20,000

Texas non-profit raffling off herd of cattle worth nearly $20,000


If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a herd of cattle, now is your chance! The Washington on the Brazos Historical Foundation is hosting a raffle called ‘Beef on the Brazos’ where you can win 20 F1 Braford heifers. Raffle tickets are being sold until the end of June at $50 each. The group says only 2,000 tickets will be sold to win the heifers, which have an estimated value of nearly $20,000.

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The 50,000-LB Dilemma

The 50,000-LB Dilemma

Darrell Wilkes

Frontline Beef Producer

One wouldn’t think that the size of a truck would have much economic effect on an industry as big and complex as the beef industry, but in a strange way, it has a huge effect. A 53-foot potbelly trail1er can hold about 50,000-lb. of cattle. Some state allow longer trailers which can handle more weight; but for the purpose of this article we will assume a truck holds 50,000-lb. of cattle, whether that’s 100 calves at 500-lb. or 35 finished steers at 1,400-lb.

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Improving Stayability EPDs improves profitability

Improving Stayability EPDs improves profitability

Dr. Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

In the last several years, the production of a Stayability EPD has been given an increasing amount of attention by the beef industry. Today most breeds are either publishing the genetic predictions or are in the process of developing a genetic prediction for sustained fertility. Despite the flurry of recent activity around the trait, Stayability has actually been around for 25 years, having first been published in 1995 by Red Angus.

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DOJ asked to investigate beef market

DOJ asked to investigate beef market

Jacqui Fatka


A total of 23 state cattle organizations sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr April 20, requesting a formal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice to identify and investigate any evidence of fraudulent business practices within the beef meatpacking industry.

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Preparing Beef Calves for Market

Preparing Beef Calves for Market

Drs. Rick Machen and Ron Gill

Texas A&M

The purpose of preconditioning stocker/feeder calves is to minimize the morbidity and mortality experienced by calves as they move from their ranch of origin into the beef production system. Process verification is a systematic means of capturing and verifying (sometimes by a third party) the preventative health and management protocols administered to a well identified group of cattle.

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Keeping The Value of Your Vaccine Dollars

Keeping The Value of Your Vaccine Dollars

Glenn Selk


Much has been written recently about the need for a new human vaccine for the coronavirus.  Vaccines for several costly diseases of cattle have been in use for some time.  Cattle owners need to remind themselves the vaccines they buy will be at their utmost effectiveness when first purchased.

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Finding the Right Fit for Forages

Finding the Right Fit for Forages

Kasey Brown

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

A stocker manager’s bread and butter is in forages. Grazing should be able to efficiently grow a young calf with few feed costs. Finding the right mix of forages takes some thought and some legwork, but it is valuable time spent.

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